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The is a special damselfly called The Beautiful Demoiselle. It can be found on bushes in Dragonfly Alley in the early spring and into summer. Dragonfly Alley is a pathway on Combe Valley marshes. The insect is elegant, with a lovely blue metallic sheen. Its wings seem copper-coloured in sunlight.
This is Roesel's Cricket. You can tell immediately by the unique U-shaped green marking on its head. These crickets live in colonies in undisturbed grasses in many parts of Combe Valley. There are at least hundreds of separate colonies - maybe even thousands. A lovely insect to observe.
I'This is the rare Ruby-tailed Jewel Wasp. Only three have been logged on the Sussex Wildlife national i-Record so I was proud to have found one in Combe Valley. The wasp is irridescent in the extreme, flashing in a
multicoloured way in bright sunlight. Sussex Wildlife i-Record staff tell me that this wasp should not even be in our area! Another triumph for our lovely Bexhill natural environment!
The Black Swan is not native to the UK. Bird observers tell me that the Black Swan encroaches on other swans' feeding and breeding areas as a possibly unwelcome competitor. But I persoannly think the Black Swan is a lovely bird, with its intensely red bill with white nostril and ruffled feathers.
The Black Swan comes to Combe Valley when the flooding starts and it sails gracefully amongst the flooded trees and bushes.
Learning about Bexhill's wildlife and natural environment
This page gives more educational or scientific information about some of the more unusual natural sights to be seen here.
The page will change from time to time. A sub-page (to follow) will explain how to obtain your own identifications - what have you found? What is this creature or plant? Sussex Wildlife and several universities provide rapid identification services.
We never stop learning. Since I started photographing the area in February 2013, I have learned so many new things. I hope this site helps you and your children to see how wonderful and truly beautiful the nature of Bexhill is.